VALLEY FORGE, Pa., Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CertainTeed Corporation announces plans to open a state-of-the-art asphalt roofing shingle plant servicing the Central Region of the U.S. The company is currently evaluating several locations throughout the Midwest.
The new facility, which is expected to employ approximately 125 people, will be CertainTeed's first greenfield roofing plant since the company built its Oxford, N.C. plant in 1978, currently the world's largest shingle plant.
"We're proud to be building a brand new facility, which means local construction jobs, local production jobs and local transportation and material supply jobs that will bring renewed vitality to the chosen community," says Tom Smith, president of CertainTeed Roofing.
The construction of this plant and its key positioning will help prepare CertainTeed to meet increased market demand for asphalt shingles and reinforces the company's commitment to top-notch service and easier access to strategically important customers.
"When you consider the fact that we have excellent facilities positioned in Texas, Ohio and Minnesota," adds Smith, "locating a fourth plant in this region will significantly bolster our ability to optimally service customers in the Central U.S."
Upon completion of this new facility, CertainTeed will own and operate five, four-wide laminated shingle lines in North America, manufacturing the highly popular Landmark™ series laminated shingles. Currently, CertainTeed operates 10 asphalt shingle plants, one low-slope commercial roofing facility and three stand-alone granule production plants throughout the U.S.
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America's leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.
A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CertainTeed earned the 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2012. www.certainteed.com
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